April is National Donate Life Month

When I started keeping a separate blog for my grief journey, I decided to limit my entries here to mostly farm related posts. So, please forgive me as I digress from this format and ask that each person who reads this at least consider becoming an organ doner.

April is National Donate Life Month and this is a good time to consider giving the greatest gift that you could ever give.............. the opportunity to allow someone else a chance at life. Each organ and tissue donor saves or improves the lives of as many as 50 people. Giving the "Gift of Life" may lighten the grief of the donor's own family. Many donor families say that knowing other lives have been saved helps them cope with their tragic loss.

In the last 18 months, our family has lost two of our precious children. Angela, oue 16 year old niece, went to heaven in October after a terrible vehicle accident. Angela had expressed to her family and others the very strong desire that should anything ever happen to her, she wished to be an organ donor. Angela's mother honored her wishes and others now have a quality of life that they may have never known if it were not for Angela's gift.

My son, Joshua, who had just turned 18 shortly before he was killed in September of 2008 was also a young person who saw the importance of giving life. As a young man in high school, he enjoyed donating blood. When he got his driver's license in the state of Virginia as a minor, I had to sign in order for him to be an organ donor. While it is unclear whether the harvest team was able to use any of his organs after his death, we do know that the tissue he donated was used to help others.

I would strongly urge you to give consideration to becoming a tissue or organ donor . For more information, please check out this link.

Thank you.